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Victim's Mother Sues Caltrans & City of Pacifica

Confusing signage and poor design at the Highway 1/Sea Bowl Lane intersection are the basis of a lawsuit brought by the mother of Bruce Ross Bernor, who was killed by wrong-way driver Ana Reepen last July 25. Reepen faces three felony charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She remains free on $250,000 bail. Her criminal trial began July 18 in San Mateo County Superior Court, Courtroom 2A, Redwood City.

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Civil Court Cases of Interest in Pacifica

•John Straight vs. City of Pacifica (CIV535685): A settlement was reached with the city July 1. Straight sought monetary damages for injuries claimed from falling into a Hickey Boulevard manhole when its cover gave way. Attorney Gregg Thornton represented the City of Pacifica.

•Vanessa Edmundson vs. City of Pacifica (CIV537576): Click here for the minutes of the May 26 case management conference involving Pacifican Vanessa Edmundson vs. City of Pacifica (CIV537576). Edmundson seeks monetary damages for injuries claimed from tripping over a cement bicycle stand at Pacifica Pier in January 2015.

Alan Wald


City of Pacifica Refutes Bike Stand Injury Claim

BikePacifica Pier bike stand has been removed.

The City of Pacifica denies it is at fault in response to Pacifican Vanessa Edmundson's civil suit (CIV537576), which seeks unspecified monetary damages for injuries claimed from tripping over a concrete bicycle stand at Pacifica Pier in January 2015. The city filed a pretrial statement May 13, 2016, stating: "Plaintiff, in the scope and course of her employment, tripped over a cement block bicycle stand that was located in plain view. Plaintiff contends that she fell and sustained injuries. The location of her fall was not in a dangerous condition, as a matter of law, and plaintiff's fall was the result of her failure to exercise due care. Furthermore, defendant had no notice of any dangerous condition at the plaintiff's fall location."

Plaintiff Edmundson filed a pretrial statement May 16, stating: "Plaintiff tripped and fell over a large cement block on a public sidewalk, suffering injuries to her head, neck, shoulder, and extremities. Plaintiff's medical expenses and wage loss is unknown."

A pretrial conference takes place Thursday, May 26 in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City in an effort to seek resolution.

Alan Wald